Delta State House of Assembly Speaker, Rt. Hon Ovwigho Igbuya has described the former commissioner of housing in the state, Chief Paulinus Akpeki as a curse to the state, particularly Sapele Local Government.
He also described his defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) as good riddance to bad rubbish.
A statement in Asaba signed by Henry Ebireri, Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker challenged Akpeki to point to one ring well that he influenced to Sapele, a local government where he is claiming to be the leader.
Igbuya who also described the former PDP chieftain as a political prostitute, foreigner and a highly irresponsible person said he was behind his appointment as member of the Railway Board.
“At the inception of the current democratic dispensation, Akpeki was a member of the All Peoples Party (APP). I was the driving force to him being a member of the Peoples Democratic Party. I also recommended him for Board appointment at the federal level. Nothing was achieved in that appointment. In 2003, Akpeki became chairman of Waste Management Board. He is the worst person imaginable in the entire human population. He is the worst chairman in the history of the board. Refuse were not collected from Sapele. He was sacked and replaced by Hon. Austin Ogbaburhon Okpoviekpurai.
The speaker, who took time to correct the half-truths and dangerous insinuations contained in Akpeki’s recent interview, accused him of feeding the public with cooked and calculated lies.
‘Akpeki was rejected by his community but former governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan gave him succor by appointing him as commissioner of housing in 2007. As commissioner, he supervised the sales of government properties within and outside the state and collected his share. He also went after lands of political associates, saying Uduaghan is the owner of the land.”
He dismissed the view of Akpeki on the Sapele Market project.
“We have a plaque showing the Sapele Stadium was commissioned by Uduaghan. Chief Akpeki is castigating his master for commissioning uncompleted project. The stadium and market were not awarded by his administration. They were also not completed by his administration. I was council chairman when Chief James Ibori awarded the market project. It was inherited by Dr. Uduaghan who was unable to complete it. Akpeki cannot point to anything he did in Sapele, not even a ring well”
Igbuya also eulogized Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for being above board in the discharge of his duties
“Okowa wants to make Delta State stable and prosperous. He is moving with great zeal and vigour to make the difference. We are proud of him. We are happy with what he is doing”.
He urged Deltans irrespective of tribe, religion or political difference to give full support to Okowa to enable him complete his tenure smoothly and successfully.
Igbuya while describing the immediate past Chief of Staff to the Delta State governor as a fool said “I am not a fool like the former commissioner who used his company to secure the Elume Ugboren road contract. Fifty percent was released to him. He squandered the money and nothing was done. I accept whole heartedly that Moovig is my company where I have interest before entering government. However, it is not the contractor of Sapele Stadium or market. I am not the owner of Stabilini Visinoni or Primi Construction Company. I am not a director in any of these companies
“I have developed sapele much more than Akpeki. Let him show the world what he has done. He has nothing to offer the people. The very best he could do was to appoint married and unmarried women with big ass from across the Niger as personal assistants and special assistants. He should tell the world who were his personal and special assistant while in government”
Okowa is the best governor in Nigeria, says Speaker’s Chief Press Secretary
Chief Press Secretary to the Delta State House of Assembly Speaker, Mr. Henry Ebireri on Thursday reached out to top leaders of the state, urging them to support Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
“His Excellency, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa is forthright, honest and meek in attitude. He understands issues of both economics and socio-political weight and he is driving the state in the direction that we want it” he said.
In a statement issued in Asaba on Thursday, Ebireri expressed optimism that Governor Okowa would win at the tribunal.
He praised the governor for the radical changes in the state
“Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is a role model and the best governor in Nigeria. He is a committed member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and also receptive to new ideas which are needed in sustaining the Delta beyond oil initiative of the past administration” he said.
He warned those working against Governor Okowa in the state, urging traditional rulers, politicians, women and youths to support the governor.
“Rt. Hon Ovwigho Igbuya has a cordial relationship with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa. His Excellency, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has vision, moral fortitude, zeal, leadership, commitment and love for all. He enjoys the friendship of the leadership of the party and the confidence of the people and will definitely triumph at the tribunal” the statement said.
Ebireri who exuded confidence that Dr. Okowa would defeat his opponents at the tribunal lauded him for galvanizing the people to self-development, energizing the economy, raising the standard of living of the people through adequate inter-village communication, focusing on capacity-building institutions, increasing rural output and creating employment opportunities.
“Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is showing the necessary leadership by matching words with action through evolving workable development approaches, proper co-ordination and funding.”
Continuing, the statement said “Delta State is witnessing consolidated and programmed development. Governor Okowa is running the affairs of the state successfully. In making appointments, Okowa is taking the entire geography of the state into consideration, paying adequate attention to interests that will assist in the overall development of the state and spreading social and infrastructural amenities.
Ebireri described Governor Okowa as a charismatic leader with a strong moral belief of how things should be; urging him not to be disturbed by the actions of some unscrupulous politicians.
“Please keep up the good work, particularly, urban and rural development, job creation and empowerment of the less privileged and the vulnerable in our society” he said.
The statement also praised the honourable speaker for promoting the people’s welfare and taking the state to greater heights.
“Rt. Hon Igbuya is an embodiment of progress, peace and prosperity in Sapele. He is providing the right leadership for the betterment of the people of the state, particularly Sapele. He is a stickler for hard work and excellence” the statement added.
EBIRERI HENRY OVIE
Rt. Hon. Monday Ovwigho Igbuya is very much occupied with legislative matters
The attention of the office of the Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly has been drawn to an online publication alleging that Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya had approached members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the House asking them to contribute the sum of five million naira each for the purpose of inducing members of the Delta State Election Tribunal to obtain favourable judgement.
We wish to state that at no time had the Honorable Speaker or his proxy canvassed or asked for financial contribution or otherwise to placate or induce anybody for that purpose. This campaign is politically motivated, callous and only existed in the figment of imagination of the paid writer to smear the hard-earned image of the Honorable Speaker.
Rt. Hon. Monday Igbuya is very much occupied with legislative matters and could not have engaged himself in petite, trivial and dishonourable conduct that belittles the office of the speaker.
Henry Ebireri, Chief Press Secretary
Amukpe youths warn detractors, predict bright future for Delta Speaker
Amukpe youths on Sunday described Delta State House of Assembly Speaker, Rt. Hon Monday Ovwigho Igbuya as an attentive and steadfast leader.
They also commended him for his contributions to the development of the state, particularly Sapele Local Government.
The youths led by Mr. Richard Erhurhu stressed that the Okpe people were proud of Igbuya.
“Mr. Speaker is an outstanding man” they said
The youths, who paid a courtesy call on the speaker in Sapele, described the speaker as a gem, a curative balm and a uniting factor.
“If there is anybody to be credited with the growing stability and unity of the state, it is the speaker. He is a man of wisdom and dedication. He is a passionate advocate for his constituents, a voice for the underdog, a respected politician and a sincere confidant to those closest to him’ the youths said.
They also heaped praises on the speaker for promoting democracy, rule of law and raising his voice for the down- trodden segments of the society.
“Mr. Speaker is a study in consummate humanism, stoicism, integrity, generosity and selflessness. He stands for justice and peace. He is a great democrat, a committed federalist and a genuine political worker. He is respected in the state for his leadership and honesty.” they said.
The youths also commended other Deltans for supporting the speaker.
“Mr. Speaker has been listening to the grassroots. He brought prestige to the Okpe nation and developed a close affinity with political leaders within and outside the state”
“We are satisfied with Igbuya” the youths added.
Okpe leaders give Delta Speaker pat on the back
Okpe leaders on Saturday gave the Delta State House of Assembly Speaker, Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya a pat on the back for doing the right thing.
The leaders also commended him for giving purposeful leadership to the House and using the power of the office of the speaker to promote the interests of the state.
The leaders who paid a courtesy visit to the speaker in Sapele not only fired shot at the speaker’s critics but described allegation of bribery as an irresponsible campaign.
“Igbuya is humble and friendly to the core. He is
also honest, kind and has strong moral principles. ” they said.
Finding a common voice on the need to move the state forward, the leaders called on Deltans to join hands with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and Rt. Hon Ovwigho Igbuya to develop the state.
“God has made today’s meeting with our illustrious son, Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya, Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly possible. We are here today to rejoice with you on your well-deserved re-election and your emergence as Speaker of the 6th Assembly. God will give you the wisdom to pilot the affairs of the Delta State House of Assembly to a glorious height” the president of Adeje community, Mr. Moses Opuoru said.
Similarly, officials of the Urhobo Youth Council on Saturday paid courtesy call on the speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya, commending him for his contributions to the growth of democracy and good governance in the state.
The youth council led by its president, Mr. Terry Obieh also lauded the speaker for his integrity and empowerment of the youths in the state.
Those present include Chief Patrick Temile, Mr. Moses Opuoro, Mr. Joseph Omamojasa, Akar Sergeant, Dickson Aghoghore, Samson Oghoro, Dickson Okagbare, Blessing Okeri, Wilson Erarho, Aboloje Ogbe, Samuel Erasere, David Agbaminor, Lucky Ofominyor and Lucky Temile.
Allegation of bribery against Delta Speaker is baseless and wicked- Chief Press Secretary
The Chief Press Secretary to the Delta State House of Assembly Speaker, Mr. Henry Ebireri, on Thursday rebutted allegation that 23 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members in the Delta State House of Assembly contributed a sum of N5million each with which to compromise the panel of judges and receive a favorable judgment against opposition petitioners, describing it as wicked, baseless and reckless.
In a statement issued in Asaba, Ebireri also described the allegation that the speaker approached Labour Party lawmaker to bring N5million to settle the panel of judges at the House of Assembly tribunal to get justice as political fabrication aimed at undermining the speaker’s integrity,
““The Delta State House of Assembly Speaker is an honest and highly effective speaker. He has built a reputation anchored on integrity over the years.
Stressing that the speaker will not mortgage the country’s democracy, the CPS accused some members of the opposition of putting personal interest above those of the people and the state.
Ebireri who also called the allegations nonsense, appealed to office and money seeking politicians to temper ambition and greed with concern for public good and genuine welfare of the people.
He also appealed to journalists and politicians to protect Igbuya from undue harassment by self-seeking elements whose stock in trade is to hide under the banner of the media to bring down their imaginary or perceived opponents.
HENRY OVIE EBIRERI
CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY TO THE SPEAKER
DELTA STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY